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>> breed present, campos present, chiu present. cohen present, farrell present, kim present. mar absent. wiener present. yee present. the president you have a quorum. >> i would like to welcome our new supervisors. could you please join us in the pledge of allegiance. we pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands. indivisible, one nation, under god, with liberty and justice
and of course members are constituents of san francisco welcome to our chambers. i want to congratulate the new supervisors as well and look forward to working with everybody four 2013. was good work. questions please. >> welcome mayor lee. i want to get some of your thoughts around healthcare cost overall. question today, rising healthcare costs accumulating with fiscal liabilities represent significant challenge. >> our obligations for providing quality and affordable health care for our city employees without jeopardizing the city's fiscal solvency is a priority of mine in the challenge that we have to take together. this year will spend 574
million dollars for the health care of our current employees retirees and dependents, about seven point eight percent of our city spending. in addition to annual bending for healthcare we have an equally significant issue on the horizon. the unfunded cost of paying for healthcare for all current employees once they retire. last november 2012 the city assessed our retiree health-care obligations an estimated the unfunded liability to be 4.4 billion dollars. over the past several years we have taking a number of important steps to address the structural budget issues associated with employee benefits in healthcare. in 2008 the city passed proposition c, charter amendment that lengthen the amount of time an employee must work for the city in order to receive city sponsored healthcare also required
the both city and employees begin to contribute to the funding of the cost of healthcare of the retiree healthcare. as a result, about 7000 employees are now making contributions to fund the retiree healthcare. the retiree healthcare trust fund is now at 20.5 million dollars. in 2010 the past proposition c the required city employees to pay their fair share of health cost. this is yet another example of the value of working with people to create the consensus solutions to the thorniest, most complicated challenges we face. most recently we have begun to work together on healthcare and employee wellness. working with the health services system,
the department of human resources in the controller's office i created the wellness leadership council consisting of city departments, labor representatives as well as yourself supervisor. we will develop a comprehensive strategic wellness plan to keep city employees healthy and healthcare cost down. by working alongside -- will create solutions that would lead to our success. i will like to recognize supervisor farrell for his outstanding leadership. i working with the consensus minded approach we can develop a plan that can develop long-term challenges of sustainability to fund commitments that we have made as well is to find a way to proactively address the rising healthcare costs. >> next question will be provided by district 6 supervisor, supervisor kim.
>> as you know the community south of market have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the substation. -- we want to appreciate the work that the department of public works has done to push forward on the construction. in the final work. that are still remaining concerns that we heard from the community of transitioning the substation online. what will the final operating hours be? what will the staffing for the substation be and how can patrons access to substation? what will the process be for the san francisco police department to take possession of the sixth street substation? >> as you know the revitalization of central market is a priority of my it ministration.
we have seen a lot of successes. the moving of eight new small businesses. in addition to the commercial successes there are 3300 residential units under construction as we speak. along with the community in the south and central market never hurts i too am excited about opening the six street substation. despite the significant challenges with the site itself and the dissolution of the redevelopment agency by the state, the substation is set to open soon. construction will be complete by the end of this month and as soon as the building receives the necessary inspections the police department can begin the move and process. we will look at the month of february. i want to emphasize that the concept
of the 6th street substation is that of the vibrant active and well utilized space. the goal is to have staff outside interacting with the community and making sure this neighborhood is a safe place to live, to visit them to do business and i am sure you will agree with that. the substation is not just for the police staff alone. it is my hope that it will serve as a central market safety station for other agencies as well such as the community ambassadors that have already have a presence in the neighborhood. you know as well as i do the public safety doesn't just mean more police officers. effective police safety requires a community led approach. i am excited that the facility will be a collaborative resource for all of our safety partners. as you know my administration pulled the safety strategy, interrupt, predict, organized
is well underway and i envision that this initiative will also utilize sixth street substation because officers will be closer to sixth street and central market they can interrupt negative instances. most importantly the sixth street substation will be a center for multi agency organizing efforts encouraging constant activity at this critical location. finally i am looking forward to cutting the ribbon at the substation soon. i will be happy to report that the day is rapidly approaching and i'm sure you will be there with me in the month of february. thank supervisor. >> thank you mr. mayor. that concludes our questions for today. go niners!
>> colleagues madam clerk why don't we go through the consensus agenda items. >> would anybody like to sever any of the items. roll call vote. >> supervisor breed: aye >> supervisor chiu: aye >> supervisor cohen: aye >> supervisor farrell: aye >> supervisor kim: aye >> supervisor mar: aye >> supervisor wiener: aye >> supervisor yee: aye >> supervisor avalos: aye. >> those resolutions are adopted. >> i was wondering if we might be able to rescind the vote
for just a quick second there was one item i believe item 9 that is part of the consent agenda. this is about urging development a workforce employment and domestic violence; i spoke with supervisor mar sponsor the legislation to modify. i make a motion to rescind. without objection that is the case. >> supervisor mar: i wanted to make a few brief remarks and thank supervisor chiu and avalos. supervisor avalos from the public safety committee, a few minutes it had better documentation of the data that was used for the findings in for supervisor chiu to include the status of women and in coordination with the
department of human resources, the main agency that suggested this ordinance as well. i wanted to quickly state that this is an important resolution that will help raise general awareness of domestic violence services in our city. we know from a recent service that 64% of the victims of domestic violence support a measure like this. only about 30 percent of workplaces have some kind of the policy. it is an important way that we let all employees know about the resources that are available so it helps us raise awareness of domestic violence in the workplace by helping employees and families identify signs of domestic violence, how to respond appropriately and also we are sharing it with all city employees.
also direct the department and the commission of the status of women to work with other city divisions to distribute this information to not only employees but also contractors and grantees, other partner organizations including nonprofits and businesses and women's organizations as well. i would like to thank my cosponsor, supervisors cohen and avalos and president chiu. i would like to move support for the amendment and for the amended resolution as well. >> supervisor mar is maybe amendment. is their second? >> supervisor farrell. we can take them without objection roll call. >> supervisor chiu: aye >> supervisor cohen: aye mke
aye >> supervisor kim: aye >> supervisor mar: aye >> supervisor wiener: aye >> supervisor yee: aye >> supervisor avalos: aye >> president: the resolutions adopted as amended and if we could go back to the balance of the consent agenda, items 2-11. same house, same call. resolutions are adopted, ordinances passed. can you call item 12. >> (from agenda) >> president: supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: we are coming to near and on discussion around the supplemental appropriation and i wanted to take a moment to fact my cosponsors,
supervisors campos, mar and avalos, and also supervisors cohen and chiu for your support. this is a long-standing conversation that i've engaged with -- since july of last year. large cuts that have happened to the school district. since 2007-08 school year the school district has lost 146 million. last year alone cost from the state were 77 million. despite increasing revenue in the city coffers were pulled prop h trigger, which caused 17.8 million dollars to the school district as well. supplemental came out of my office in terms of the discussion on how we can better support the school district in the state and federal government has been unable to.
given the crisis that has emerged of the data taking fourth in the summer juniors and sophomores, and seeing the data that almost half of those students are not on track to graduate, i felt that this was an appropriate and important way for our city to support the school district. i want to say again, i understand the debate that we have been engage again. i truly respect my colleagues that have been talking about finding other sources of funds for the school district. i do think that this is a good use of our state reserve funds. i think that when it is a question of our kids, about helping them graduate, for me it is never a question in this will always be a priority use of the funds. as we move forward i look forward to a continued dialogue with the mayor's office, the school district, about how we can continue to better support embedded partner
with the school district. through this conversation it has been quite fruitful, looking at a lot of different avenues even if we are not able to completely appropriate it. this is the way i envision it. i look forward to working with many different partners. one of the issues that has come up this of course school district surplus property and how to generate revenue, some hoops that we have to go through about how surplus property can be allocated according to state law. i am looking forward to that conversation. in the long-term i'm happy that we have had a robust discussion in the chamber and with the mayor's office in terms of what that funding can look like and what that support means. >> supervisor avalos. >> supervisor avalos: i want to thank supervisor kim for bringing this up until forward. i support it in its entirety. i spoke last week at the
inauguration of about how we have two san francisco's. one that is falling behind; and an economy that is growing. it we are looking at 40 percent of the juniors not ready to graduate in a years time, that is a serious problem that we need to address. i believe that these folks -- that is part of the generation that will not be successful in our local economy and we have to make sure that we are supporting san franciscans in this way, making sure people have the skills in the background to get jobs in the future and if we are not successful here we know that they will fall behind the cracks. it's really a no-brainer.
we have a lot of wealth in the city. not everybody shares it equally and this is one way we can remedy that. colleagues i hope that you can support the supplemental. >> supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: my position is the same as it was in december when we voted on this. i won't repeat all of those reasons. although the fiscal cliff catastrophe was avoided at least for the moment we still have significant risks at the state and federal level and i am not comfortable appropriating from our arguably inadequate state, federal general fund reserve. i would like to make a motion to divide the question. one, about the 1.1 million dollars
about the public education enrichment fund and separately 843 million dollars from the general fund's stays federal reserve. initially i wanted us to divide the file entirely to send two files to the mayor who indicated that he would sign it so that we could get the 1.1 million to the school district immediately. >> motion to divide is not debatable. will consider those two items. supervisor mar. >> i want to support the whole -- supplemental brought by supervisor kim. i want to speak to the accountability of the school
district. another the former school board president, norman yee and others have successfully brought the school district to a stronger financial state. they have achieved a perfect score in the recent audit; never before has any governmental agency seen that. it's a good testament to the work that the former president of the school board jay kim and our colleague norman yee have done. also the sfusd action plan to presented the plan at the previous financial meeting showed that it was money wisely spent. hundreds of students in danger of not graduating. when the school district passed it edg requirements and 2009, the state budget cuts after that really jeopardize a lot of the great work done by the school district. hopefully with a better budget
season we will be able to get back on track so that as many students as possible graduate. this is absolutely crucial that we support this. it's a crisis of horrible magnitude if we do not supported in many students will not get their diplomas. i am strongly supportive and i want to thank supervisor kim and many of the parents and school leaders as well. >> president: supervisor yee. >> i want to thank supervisor kim, avalos, campos mar. i wish you were here when it was introduced in the part of the robust discussion. as you know i just came from across the street, spending eight years of seeing cuts and devastation to the
school district and the other schools in san francisco. although we knew about the cuts, our kids deserve the same as any kid california they should be able to graduate. the should be able to continue to go to any college in california if they wanted to. when we passed the program we were not aware that we were going to lose over 100 million dollars of funding and not be able to support our students through this. i wish to state could have given public schools more money but they haven't.
and these kids that we are talking about are kids in seven cisco. coming over here from the school district i am supportive of this resolution i want to thank the authors of this resolution. thank you very much. >> supervisor chiu. >> supervisor chiu: thank you very much. supervisor wiener has already divided the question. i want to thank the many people who come to our office a continued to advocate for the funding. as i told them, my vote has not changed also. it is important to support the kids in terms of having opportunities for additional credentialing, and we can accomplish that the different funding mechanisms
and i am supportive of releasing the 1.4 million dollars to the school district. it is important. in terms of the 800,000 i won't be supporting that piece of it. there are other funding sources that achieve the same goal of having the credentialing programs available at the school district but preserve flexibility for the city to weather the storm of any of the cuts that we might see that may impact our families, kids, that we may not be aware of at this moment. i want to thank all advocates for coming to speak to me about this issue. i appreciate it i will support the 1.4 million but not the 843,000. >> supervisor farrell. >> supervisor farrell: i will hold my vote from the last time around, support the 1.4 million dollars.
this is a debate we have been having. we will lose about 30-40 million from the state. mayor lee already last week appropriated 7.2 million dollars out of the reserve for our own safety net so we are drawing that. i don't see the nexis from the state reserve. i have no problem spending in our kids education, to draw from our state reserve to put us further in the hole to me is the wrong approach. >> supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos i would like to begin by welcoming once again our newly elected colleagues,
supervisors yee and breed. it is exciting when we take our own new board of supervisors, and i look forward to working with you. there are many votes that we cast in this chamber and in some respects it is only fitting that one of the first votes that this new board starting its new term takes is his vote. this is one of the most important issues that we will be dealing with in one of the most important vote that we will be taking as his term proceeds. supervisor kim, i want to thank you for your leadership but i want to piggyback about what supervisor avalos said, talking about in some respects two different cities.
and what happens to some people in san francisco. we are a city of great wealth. we have because of a lot of different reasons we are fortunate enough that we have more resources in san francisco then many places throughout the state and throughout this country. but the reason why this vote is so important is that even though we as a board of supervisors do not have actual governance of the schools, what we have done in san francisco over the years because of the work of people like -- and gavin newsom and others is that we have recognize that where our state and federal government have fallen short in fulfilling their duties and obligations to properly funding public schools we a city government
have stepped in and fill those gaps. the important point is not for us and giving the school district money that it is already entitled to. i'm glad that we will comply with what the law already requires in the intent of those measures were. the whole point of the supplemental is to recognize that we have a fundamental problem in our hands. business as usual is no longer acceptable. we have a city of great wealth; we have the highest performing urban school district in the entire state of california. one of the highest performing urban school districts in the entire country. and yet, for certain groups of kids the system is failing them. and in fact we know that for certain kids that you are talking about, latino kids, african-american kids,